animal learning, zebra finch, model organism, communication, fast mapping, individual recognition, cognition, evolution
Zebra Finches Recognize the Calls of Over 40 Fellow Finches
Their ability to distinguish between individuals is strong evidence for fast mapping, a learning tool generally thought to belong only to humans.
Zebra Finches Recognize the Calls of Over 40 Fellow Finches
Zebra Finches Recognize the Calls of Over 40 Fellow Finches

Their ability to distinguish between individuals is strong evidence for fast mapping, a learning tool generally thought to belong only to humans.

Their ability to distinguish between individuals is strong evidence for fast mapping, a learning tool generally thought to belong only to humans.

zebra finch

Image of the Day: Species-Specific Songs
Emily Makowski | Nov 14, 2019
Gene activity is linked to songbirds’ tunes.

Researchers Implant Memories in Zebra Finch Brains
Abby Olena | Oct 3, 2019
Juvenile birds learn the length of the sounds in a song from a false memory introduced via optogenetics, instead of from real interactions with a tutor bird.
The Scientist Speaks Podcast - Episode 1
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jan 30, 2020
Birds on the Brain: The Neuroscience Behind Songbird Communication and Human Speech
Image of the Day: Watch and Learn
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 25, 2019
Young zebra finches that receive feedback after they sing from a video of a fluffed-up female eventually develop more accurate tunes.
Image of the Day: Red Alert
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 6, 2018
Female zebra finches prefer red-beaked male finches over their orange-beaked counterparts.
Birds Warn Unborn Chicks About Warmer Weather
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 22, 2016
Zebra finches sing a special song that appears to help their offspring better adapt to a hotter climate, according to a study.
Zebra Finches Aid Neurodegeneration Research
Jenny Rood | Jun 1, 2016
Bird brains might tell us a lot about how human brains malfunction in diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Behavior Brief
Karen Zusi | Oct 22, 2015
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Bird Song Explains Why Babies Babble
Kate Yandell | Jul 2, 2013
Both birds and children struggle to learn transitions between syllables, practicing them extensively as they learn to speak or sing.
Behavior Brief
Bob Grant | Aug 23, 2011
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Estrogen’s New Role
Jessica P. Johnson | Aug 2, 2011
The well-studied hormone functions as a neurotransmitter in the brains of zebra finches.